Breitenbush River trout fishing

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pancakesnarfer
How does the Breitenbush river fish this time of year? Looking to head down there for a winter fishing trip. is bank access good? what water discharge level is too high for fishing?
 
Blue Lines
Blue Lines
Last time I fished it was in late July/early August and I struck out hard. Out camping there for two nights, and this was my first time back since the fires. Aside from a few Kokanee I didn’t even see a fish (no hits, nothing). I fished up by the hot springs, the middle river, even down close to the lake and turned up zilch. Convinced it could just be me I took a quick drive to the upper Santiam (above the lake) and caught a decent trout on my second cast. Three days on that river and absolutely nothing.

The Breitenbush has never been the most productive river for me (unless they *just* stocked it), but I’ve never struck out like that before. Who knows, it could have just been me. If you do go please be safe (I imagine it’s cold and high right now) and report back on what you find.
 
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frontierhistorian
I was there late last month. Lot of snow I w on the ground and fast moving water. I parked at a bridge and tried nymphing on both sides with no bites. Of course, I'm a novice fly fisher.
 
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Blue Lines said:
Last time I fished it was in late July/early August and I struck out hard. Out camping there for two nights, and this was my first time back since the fires. Aside from a few Kokanee I didn’t even see a fish (no hits, nothing). I fished up by the hot springs, the middle river, even down close to the lake and turned up zilch. Convinced it could just be me I took a quick drive to the upper Santiam (above the lake) and caught a decent trout on my second cast. Three days on that river and absolutely nothing.

The Breitenbush has never been the most productive river for me (unless they *just* stocked it), but I’ve never struck out like that before. Who knows, it could have just been me. If you do go please be safe (I imagine it’s cold and high right now) and report back on what you find.
Went up there about a week ago and caught nothing, threw spinners, drifted worms, and other bait. the river was moving fast but it was definitely fishable. pretty clear too but didn't see a single fish in the 4+ hours i was there
 

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